Mint, Halftone, Movies by Flixster

updated 10:53 am EST, Thu November 14, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Mint 2.7 (free) - Mint is a finance management tool that can help users keep track of spending across all of their accounts. Version 2.7 includes a refreshed design for iOS 7, as well as a new Trends section that lets users view charts for spending by category, spending over time and net income. Pending transactions can also now be edited and a number of bugs have been fixed. [Download - 14MB]

Halftone 1.9.7 ($1) - Halftone allows users to turn their photos into vintage-style comics that can easily be shared with friends and family. Compatibility with iOS 7 has been improved in the v1.9.7 release. The crop tool has also been restored to the Aviary Photo Editor and a Flickr option has been added when choosing a photo. [Download - 26.2MB]

Movies by Flixster 6.7 (free) - Movies provides users with reviews, trailers, and showtimes for all of the movies currently in theaters. Users can also find information on upcoming movies and titles recently released on DVD. The v6.7 update features a brand new app icon, along with a few minor iOS 7 design changes. A new quick action panel, with options for rating movies or adding them to a want to see list, can also now be access by swiping left on the BoxOffice, Upcoming or DVD screens. [Download - 19.5MB]

Drafts for iPad 3.5.5 ($4) - Drafts for iPad is a text editor that allows users to quickly take notes and choose where to send them later. New to v3.5.5 is the ability to chafe the active action pane by swiping left or right in the Action list. A number of general improvements to text selection and editing are also included, along with better handling of right-to-left languages. [Download - 10.8MB]

Money by Jumsoft 2.7.3 ($2) - Money is a financial tool that can help a user track various transactions and maintain a budget. The tool allows users to create multiple accounts allowing users to keep cash, credit, and debit transactions separate. A budget can also be set within Money and then tracked using the Budget Monitor tool. Several Dropbox syncing issues have been resolved in this release. [Download - 5.4MB]

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